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La Riviera - Wisa Group

Updated information 2016: The Group have recently been accused by the US Authorities of various misdemeanours related to Money Laundering and other alleged activities. The Group has issued statements denying these allegations and charges.

For this reason, some of the links on this site to Duty Free stores previously operated by this Group no longer work. Some stores in airports and other locations have now been closed or frozen, subject to this Process being resolved.

Grupo Wisa used to be called Waked International when they were purely a Perfume and Cosmetic distribution company established on the tax-free Colombian island of San Andrés, but since then they have developed numerous duty-free shops, mainly in Central America and Colombia. Then in 2005 they decided to expand further afield into Travel Retail, culminating with their introduction in the Uruguayan frontier cities of Rivera, Rio Branco, Chuy and Aceguá, all of which have a vibrant cross-border trade for Brazilian shoppers.

The Firm usually operate retail stores under the name 'La Riviera', but they also have partnerships with luxury brands such as H.Stern, the Brazilian Jeweller, Jimmy Choo, Victoria's Secret and now they are moving into electronics. The Company can also be found in ports which cater for cruise ships.

How does duty free work, can you buy, which products do they sell, what shops are available, do they open for my flight, best prices?.

There is a long list of duty-free related questions asked by travellers before they start their journey.

Travel Retail is a diverse business and most Operators have outlets in global locations, so the best travel shopping advice we can offer is to search your destination in the box above and find the stores which are available for your destination. Be it by land, sea or air, duty free stores can be found if you are travelling internationally.

The duty free on arrival global search 'App' for phone and tablet is now available in Android version beta v1, we are working hard to make it the best travel shopping site and mobile App available, the Apple/iOS version will follow soon. You will be able to search the globe from your phone for duty-free shops at your destination, on planes, boats, airports or border stores. To download the app click the image below to check before you fly!